MORE THAN JUST A COUNTERTOP
PROJECT AT A GLANCE
HsinJia Wood Industry, Asia’s leading contemporary furniture manufacturer with over 30 years of excellence in handmade craftsmanship, aim to design pieces which combine tradition and innovation in order to create high quality performance furniture.
HANDMADE CRAFTSMANSHIP MEETS MARBLE-LIKE HYGIENIC SOLID SURFACE
Designer's Vision: HsinJia Wood Industry were looking to create furniture with a marble-look element but without the problems and complexities of using natural stone. They needed a solution which offered integration between the marble-look and the traditional woodworking craftsmanship to create a seamless surface. In order for the furniture to be displayed in high traffic areas like a hotel lobby, HsinJia needed a material with a marble-look, but with properties to make it hygienic, durable, easy to repair, non-porous, seamless, lightweight, and thermoformable to meet both the design vision and the requirements of the environment.
WHY CHOOSE SOLID SURFACE TO ACHIEVE A MARBLE LOOK?
Natural Stone is porous and therefore less hygienic. It is easily stained and hard to clean, as well as being heavy to transport and difficult to repair when cracked. Quartz can develop hairline cracks that require thorough professional repair help or a complete replacement—both expensive options. If furniture is being displayed in a high traffic area, the possibility of a crack appearing is very high. Furniture which uses quartz would also be too heavy to move around, and come at a high cost. Quartz cannot be thermoformed and cannot be seamlessly integrated with wood, with the joint area trapping dust and bacteria, making it difficult to clean and maintain. Meganite solid surface is non-porous, making it more resistant to bacteria and mold growth. As a thermoformable material, it can be seamlessly fitted with the hand-crafted wood. The invisible joints cannot be affected by dust or dirt build-up. Meganite is a much more lightweight material than quartz or natural stone, making it easy to install and transport. It is very durable, with any minor scratches that occur from natural day to day use being easy to repair. As a result of all of these advantages, Meganite solid surface is the perfect solution to achieving a marble-look in custom handcrafted furniture.